EppsNet Archive: Paul Simon

The Myth of Fingerprints

8 May 2017 /

Over the mountain
Down in the valley
Lives a former talk-show host
Everybody knows his name
He says, “There’s no doubt about it
It was the myth of fingerprints
I’ve seen them all and, man,
They’re all the same”

Paul Simon, “All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints”

Take Me to the Mardi Gras

8 Mar 2011 /

Hearts and Bones

4 Oct 2009 /

“Why won’t you love me
For who I am
Where I am?”
He said:
“‘Cause that’s not the way the world is, baby.”

— Paul Simon, “Hearts and Bones”


26 Jun 2009 /

You give us those nice bright colors
You give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the world’s a sunny day, oh yeah!
I got a Nikon camera
I love to take a photograph
So Mama, don’t take my Kodachrome away

— Paul Simon, 1973

Kodak takes your Kodachrome away

csmonitor.com, June 22, 2009

Microblog: 2009-04-01

1 Apr 2009 /
  • These are the days of miracle and wonder / And don’t cry baby, don’t cry, don’t cry… #
  • Love Southwest ads: “Air…is a 35 dollar…UPgrade.” “I want that!” #
  • Seek to move forward toward a particular goal, by biasing your behavior toward action: http://tinyurl.com/5z2rg6 #

Tweets on 2009-03-28

28 Mar 2009 /
  • Staccato signals of constant information… #
  • At the rink for WIHA tournament #
  • FIGHT ON! RT @PeteCarroll: First day of spring ball at SC…. Football is back!! Gotta love it! #
  • RT @KathySierra: Dressage Olympian Robert Dover to talented young riders, on focus: “Because U dint have a vision, U created something avg” #

Why Parents Do What They Do

8 Feb 2009 /
And I know a father who had a son
He longed to tell him all the reasons for the things he’d done
— Paul Simon, “Slip Sliding Away”

This story needs a quick setup . . .

My son’s two-year-old birthday party was a festive event. The whole neighborhood was there!

Birthday cake

We had a bounce house, a clown . . . the only thing that marred the day slightly was that as everyone sang “Happy Birthday,” his mom lifted him up so he could see the cake, and he stuck his finger out and touched a lit candle.

It wasn’t a bad burn but he did cry for a while.

We have a video of this. That’s why he remembers it.

So — we’re having a late lunch today at Souplantation. A kid who looks about four years old runs down the aisle, turns the corner and runs back up the next aisle over.

I ask, “Why is it a good idea as a parent to let your kid run through restaurants?”

My son, totally off topic, says, “Why is it a good idea to let your kid stick his finger in a candle?”

I say, “I don’t know. You didn’t do it again though, did you?”

His mom says, “Maybe you shouldn’t have a birthday party at all if you want to complain about it.”

“A two-year-old shouldn’t have a birthday party?!” he asks in disbelief.

I say, “Mom makes a good point, if you’re just going to stick your finger in a candle and ruin it for everybody.”

American Tune

30 Nov 2008 /

Oh, and it’s all right, it’s all right, it’s all right
You can’t be forever blessed
Still, tomorrow’s going to be another working day
And I’m trying to get some rest
That’s all I’m trying
To get some rest

— Paul Simon, “American Tune”

Train in the Distance

11 Feb 2007 /

What is the point of this story?
What information pertains?
The thought that life could be better
Is woven indelibly
Into our hearts
And our brains.

— Paul Simon, “Train in the Distance”

HW’s Book Reviews

18 May 2003 /

Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki with Sharon L. Lechter C.P.A.

Rich Dad, Poor Dad cover

And I know a father who had a son
He longed to tell him all the reasons for the things he’d done
He came a long way just to explain
He kissed his boy as he lay sleeping
Then he turned around and he headed home again

— Paul Simon, “Slip Sliding Away”

Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children and no theories.

— John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

You might get the idea from reading this book that being rich is synonymous with being happy. I’ve never seen any indication that that’s true.

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